Gantry crane

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Project by Todd Barrone posted 08-08-2015 03:37 PM 5199 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my shop I am a one man band, some of our projects are a little heavy for one guy. So I decided to make my own gantry crane, seems to work great. I built it with the intent to be able to use it inside or outside. The top beame is a cedr 5” X 5” the rest is all 4 X 4. We figured it has a 1200lb to 1500lb ratting, plenty good for our shop. Total cost of this project was just under $150.00

-- "The Cedar King"

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#1 posted 08-08-2015 08:58 PM

Wow that’s a hellova crane ! I see the wheels are “not quite” out to the ends of the legs, just be careful if the load shifts that it wont topple the whole thing.

I remember back when I was a Snap-on Tool Dealer I used to tell the “new guys” at the shops I went to that the boss was going to install a new lift just for them. (Often times the new guys thought I had an “IN” with the shop owners)
They’d say “REALLY? Wow, that’s cool”

And I’d say “Yeah, he’s gonna put a chain-hoist in that big tree outside!”

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#2 posted 08-08-2015 09:39 PM

Nice hoist, Todd

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-08-2015 11:32 PM

Great crane.that’ll definitely come in handy!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 08-09-2015 11:15 AM

Nice looking crane Todd, for me I would have spread the wheels a bit more, especially for “Off-Road” work.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 08-09-2015 12:29 PM

Todd, that is a nice one. It reminds me of the one we built for my machine shop at the plant. It was made out of steel but it’s almost a spittin’ image of this one that you built. It was one of the few things that survived the fire at the plant.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 08-09-2015 01:00 PM

I can see where this could be handy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 08-09-2015 01:24 PM

I can see the need for something like this. To me it is a disaster waiting to happen. Cedar is not known for its strength. When I remodel my house I had to put in a laminated beam spanning 18’. This beam had to be 15” tall and 5” wide to pass code.
I would hate to have anybody get hurt as the idea is good but in my opinion, the top beam is under engineered.
a friendly engineer on this site should be able to give you the correct size that the beam should be. Remember to lift 1500 LBS. the beam should have a braking strength of 4500 LBS.

My 2 cents worth.


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#8 posted 08-09-2015 06:01 PM

As I have already told you buddy, was glad you built this…it should help save the Cedar Queens back…nice!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 08-12-2015 02:22 AM

madts does not know what he is talking about, but hey everyone is entitled to their own opinion. FYI the max load it will really endure is 800lbs. Most things are no more then 300lbs. Just saying.

-- "The Cedar King"

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